The National Variety Trials (NVT) program was established in 2005 by Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and the program is solely managed and funded by GRDC. Since then, the NVT program has grown to become the largest coordinated variety trial network in the world.

Our (NVT) program aims to assist Australian grain growers and their advisors in varietal decision making by providing comparative information of commercially available grain varieties, including:

  • yield performance
  • disease resistance
  • grain quality.

We strive to generate credible information for growers and advisors about newly released and often superior varieties to assist in varietal decision making by being:

  • accurate
  • consistent
  • independent
  • timely
  • locally relevant.

This accelerates the adoption of new superior varieties and creates enduring profitability for the Australian grains industry.

We test potential new varieties for the following crops:

  • barley
  • canola
  • chickpea
  • faba bean
  • field pea
  • lentil
  • lupin
  • oat
  • sorghum
  • wheat

We include commercially relevant varieties available to Australian grain growers, as well as pre-commercial lines from plant breeding programs and seed companies.

Additionally, the NVT program supports and enables non-NVT grains research projects, further increasing the benefit the program returns to the Australian grains industry.